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Colophony Pine Resin

(Pine Rosin)

Colophonium tot.

Colophony Pine Resin


Description: From the Pinus genus, which includes some 120+ species of pine trees we are given the gift of pine resin. Colophony pine resin is the brittle resin result after the resin is processed to extract the oil of turpentine.


The pine tree has been greatly revered throughout history for its strong healing powers. In her book, Natural Science, Hildegard von Bingen wrote this of the pine, "The pine tree is more warm than cold and contains many energies and powers. The tree is the symbol of strength."

Celtic and German ancestors believed the pine tree to be a source of protection from negative energies. Pine was burned in sick rooms to strengthen the healing process. According to older herb books, pine strengthens the nerves and gives energy, courage, and emotional strength.
To Christians, the pine tree is a symbol of light and life.

Family: Pinaceae

Synonyms: rosin

Origin: North and Central America, North Africa, SE Asia.

Parts Used: resin

Aroma Description: pine odor; balsamic, light, slightly woody and spicy, green

Emotional Attributes: strengthening, cleansing/purifying

Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy; used in bath preparations, hair tonics, rubbing oils, etc.

Culinary Uses: used in commercial food flavorings, kernels used in salads, with cooked vegetables, rice, and ground for sauces such as pesto

Medicinal Attributes: used for respiratory and urinary tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, rheumatism and muscular stiffness. Causes allergic reactions in some individuals.

Element Association: Air

Magical Associations: healing, protection, spirituality, prosperity, courage, fertility

Astrological Association: Aries, Scorpio, Aquarius

Planetary Association: Mars

Season: Autumn

Aromatic Note: Middle note

Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled essential oils are made from the heartwood and a separate oil from the needles. Each may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.

Mixes Well With: amber, burgundy pitch, cedarwood, elemi, juniper, lavender, oakmoss, pine needles, rhubarb, rosemary, sage-desert, sandarac, thyme, etc.

Medical Disclaimer: Information on this web site is for entertainment purposes only. This information is NOT intended as medical advice or for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional.

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